Raw Redux (May 7th, 2012): Layla Scores Another Victory, But Don’t Blink or You Might Miss It

Greetings everybody, and welcome to a delightful… okay, I won’t even lie to you. Just welcome to the Raw Redux. This week, your Khaleesi is out on a top secret mission, so I’m here to take over. I’m sure some of you groaned at this sentence and immediately X’d out, but for those of you still reading, I thank you. This week on Raw we had yet another match lasting under a minute, but it involved Maxine and Natalya so does that constitute gaining our forgiveness? Hmm… Anyways, the two aforementioned Divas teamed up to take on Kelly Kelly and Divas Champ, Layla. It’s one big Extreme Expose reunion! You know what that means… as soon as one of the loyal readers puts on some Timbaland circa 2007 music, a few select members of the Diva Dirt staff will perform the trademarked Kelly backflip (me), Layla split (Khaleesi Cryssi), and Brooke booty shake (leaving that one to Steven)!

In other Raw action, we also had some side appearances from Eve, Naomi, Cameron, and even former Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix, who brought to attention the fact that she will be facing Layla at Over the Limit for the Divas Championship. However, we’re not here to discuss Over the Limit just yet as that’s still a few weeks away, so I’ll go ahead and shut up so we can get down to bidness.

Sigh… we head to the ring and see the gracious Natalya and Maxine already standing inside. I’m sure it was their own decision to sacrifice their entrance so that the match can be thirty seconds long instead of fifteen. How thoughtful! Nevertheless, I’m thrilled to see Maxine actually compete on Raw for the first time. We head to commentary and see Beth Phoenix join Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, but she’s not here to discuss the ankle injury from a few weeks ago. She has only one thing on her mind aside from what I assume is a Lucky Cupcake red hairpiece, and that’s the Divas Championship.

HOLLA (x3) fills our ears and out comes Kelly Kelly looking sensational in the greatest color known to man, green! Up next comes her tag partner for tonight, our Divas Champion, Layla! The two beauties step inside the ring as we get a nice recap of Layla’s post-Extreme Rules interview describing her journey back to competition. The bell sounds as Maxine goes for a clothesline that Layla ducks. The Divas Champ fires off a few of her own, before hitting a nice spin kick for a two count. Kelly then reaches the level of intensity that I love to see as she runs over and snatches Natalya off the ring apron like a senior citizen finding a bargain deal on Black Friday at their local Target establishment!

Back inside the ring, Maxine scores with a hair pull on Layla, but before she can continue her advantage, Layla runs off the ropes with a bridge pin for a near fall. She proceeds to grab Maxine by the head and focus her sights on Beth before hitting the Lay Out for the victory! Following the win, Layla and Beth stare each other down with Beth providing some brief commentary, telling Layla to enjoy holding the Divas Title while she can since it’s coming back to her at Over the Limit.

Backstage, we spot John Laurinaitis walking and texting like we’re all told to not do. Suddenly he bumps into the Big Show and tries to scream at him, but it comes off more as a bad Rocky impersonation. Big Show then proceeds to impersonate Johnny Ace… until he turns right around into Evil Eve and her Glasses of Brilliance! Like the intimidating person she is, Big Show quickly sees she can outmatch him and heads off. Fortunately for Eve fans like myself, this is not the last we see of our brainy beauty tonight.

Following Big Show’s match with Cody Rhodes in which Cody leaves the arena to head backstage (I did not catch Raw in full last night so I’ve got no idea what happened), The Big Show demands Cody come back out. Luckily for us, we are enlightened to then hear the national anthem of Divas…

“SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE LOOKS GOOD TO ME!”

With that, Eve sways her hips as she walks down the ramp looking tremendous with her nice big pair of… glasses! Those spectacles are the highlight of Raw every week. Miss Torres enters the ring with a microphone in hand, as she proceeds to enrich the Big Show with her eloquent, classy voice (following a Hoeski chant, of course). Miss Torres demands him to apologize for parodying John Laurinaitis’ voice, but The Big Show seems to laugh it off. Like the authority figure she is, Miss Torres does NOT take no for an answer and proceeds to get demanding towards The Big Show. She then adds that she wants him to apologize not only to Johnny, but to her and these people as well for his actions. The Big Show shrugs it off with a simple “I’m sorry”, but that’s not good enough for classy perfection like Eve. She takes it upon herself to call The Big Show a seven foot, four hundred forty one pound, forty year old freak! Holy Moses, if I didn’t already admire Miss Torres, she’d be receiving a gift basket and thank you letter from me. With that, she once again demands him to apologize for his actions earlier, and as he sees what a threat she is to him, he does as told. He then leaves the ring as we are left with a beautiful image of Miss Torres standing tall and proud with her actions, much like I am as well!

Also check out Naomi and Cameron as they dance Brodus to the ring for his match against The Miz, and even provide a brilliant moment of laughter at Miz’s failure:

Thoughts: Uhhhh, well, not really many thoughts to be said this week. We say it every week, but it’s frustrating that the female matches have to consistently be under a minute. Can they really not shave two minutes off one of thirty Triple H recaps and give it to them? Is it that hard? Apparently it is since nothing is done. I kind of knew Beth Phoenix would have to return soon as the only heels they had that were actually wrestling weekly were Natalya and Maxine so it came as no surprise to me to see her back so quickly. The match wasn’t really even a match as much as it was about five moves, but Layla and Maxine did solid work with what they were given.

One thing I want to speak about is Maxine. For months I’ve been saying how I’m undecided on whether I want her to be taken to Raw or SmackDown and away from NXT because I obviously know she wouldn’t get the same attention she does on the show with the golden ropes, but good god, this week has completely swayed my opinion and I am all for Maxine staying put on NXT. This was pretty much what I feared would happen to her if she was put on the main show, and while I’m sure SmackDown would treat her a tad better than Raw ever would, I definitely do not want her to be moved anytime soon and turned into generic heel number five who gets no entrance and spends twenty seconds in a ring each week.

I’m also worried for Layla’s title reign. I was thrilled when she returned to take the belt because she has been through hell over the past year trying to recover and get back to ring shape, and not only that, but she’s done a great job stepping up her wrestling ability when she was away too. What I’m worried about though is that she’s going to have happen to her the same thing that happened to Natalya in her reign. Every week Natalya was champion all she ever seemed to do was win match after match with the Sharpshooter and never get any type of fun feud (sans the weird, brief Melina one). Granted, Kelly Kelly had this happen to her too, but she at least had an actual feud or two along the way. Layla has legit nobody that can challenge her aside from Beth. She’s already pinned Natalya and now Maxine, which leaves Rosa, Aksana, and Eve as the only other heels and none of them are currently competing. I’ve got no idea where her reign is heading, but I really hope she gets to have an actual feud and not just drop the title out of nowhere like Natalya unfortunately did.

In other Raw thoughts, Eve continues to shine in this role and I think it’s time Naomi and Cameron start wrestling. I’ve been one of the biggest Planet Funk supporters, but honestly, Hornswoggle killed them for me. Not only that, but so did Brodus’ countless random matches against Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler that did nothing for anybody involved. Thankfully both of them seem to be over now. (I swear if Chicago’s booing of him is what got them to drop the Hornswoggle mess, I’ll send every crowd member flowers.) I’m not saying that I’m completely over the group, but I’m definitely ready for Cameron and Naomi to develop into in ring competition. Granted, I know there are about twenty faces to two heels, but I’m sure Tamina will probably walk out one night with a scowl and suddenly become a heel so there’s that to look forward to.

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  • xXxUniquelyiXxX

    Why did they give Kelly a separate entrance? Isn’t it embarrassing to them When someone who hasn’t been on Raw in 3 weeks has a bigger crowd reaction than the champ? Anyways, Layla is a lot better than what i remember her being. Wish they would give her a longer match…

    • http://www.twitter.com/xTeamK2 #ThankYouBellas

      Because they wanted Layla to shine separately from Kelly.

    • No Holds Barred

      explain how that is embarrassing?? Kelly Kelly gets the biggest pops out of every Diva.. so it wouldn’t matter who is champ since she would always get bigger pops

      • xXxUniquelyiXxX

        Because they’re acting as if Layla is some super hero now when she can’t really get a crowd reaction. I wish they would just keep her heel, she has so much charisma they don’t let her show as a face now.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

          That wont do anything really. Layla could shine as a face or heel, but thats if the wwe gives her the time she needs to develop her character. And coming back to 30second matches, winning the title with no interview on tv is not the way to do that.

        • lelloo7

          @EveLover i totally agree with you, and i respect ur opinion, but so many other divas had the same problem ! and they were able to work it out, I mean with kelly winning every week against the bellas most of the time, it wasnt that big of a thing, the matches werent that good, true but she looked like a good champ, same for bellas, eve, natalya, and even beth at some point.. she has to do all the work

  • http://www.sexywomenofwrestling.weebly.com WweRules32

    Layla Looked Good In The Ring And Looked Very Delish and That Attire Layla Had Suited Her Loads But The Only Gripe I Have Is I WANT Layla and the other divas To Have LONGER Matches

  • Litaker61

    At least it was longer than last weeks match…

  • javiousmckenzie

    The match was horrible Maxine looked very awkward taking bumps in this match like she was just going through the motions.

    The fans can seem to careless about Layla she got no reaction and its been this way since her return she is coming off the same Eve did a generic face with skills in the ring with a fake smile

    Natalya supposedly endured the farting gimmick to get her over as a face then she became one now she is randomly a heel again making the whole gimmick in vain.

    The division in whole is weak Layla needed a hot feud with a hot heel like Eve before they tried to build her as the top face WWE needs Kharma right about now and they need to start using Aksana in the ring and bring up maybe Raquel or Paige cause we will be seeing Maxine slowly become the new Jillian

  • ItsRayVolution

    My eyes must be deceiving me. I could have sworn I see Kelly Kelly is getting a badonk a donk o.o….must be the shorts

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Layla & Kelly looked so beautiful ! I will be looking foward to them teaming up more. Even if it is only for 30 seconds. Kelly Kelly is finally getting some mature attire that pulls her away from the “Underdog” she looks so tough and grown now.lol…I wish she was in a SuperStars match this week …

    My worst nightmare about Layla is coming to life. They are booking her as the “Generic Babyface” come out each week pointless wins , no mic time , hardly any title defenses….she is gonna end up having a Natalya title regin.

    As for Eve I think I like her being a hoeski better than John Laurinaitis Assisant or whatever she is to him….That Eve who came out when she first turned heel looking in the mirror , strutting her sexy self down the ramp. Oh well doesnt matter anyways because sooner or later they are gonna dump Eve and she is just gonna become a heel jobber like the rest of the heels. Nothing last forever for the divas. Im sure we all know that by now. Right ?

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    Love Kelly’s new gear! She looks more uhhhh…covered up and the colours are far more flattering to her.

    Layla is just too cute. Love her spunk and childlike wonder @ everything. She makes me laugh. Cutesy impish Layla vs super serious Beth could be fun if Beth & Layla are given some time to work with. Not to mention that cutesy babyface Layla is a natural progression from her immature mean girl in Laycool. Layla looks like the sweet girl who went along with the mean girl because she wanted a friend, now she’s emerging as her own person.

    I wasn’t on board with new champ Layla @ first (not because I don’t heart Layla, I want to see her evolve without the title or ‘Chelle), but she’s slowly making a convert out of me.

  • 04bia

    match was just eehh!! i mean please give these girls some more time. the match wasnt at all worse but not great either. also layla needs to get mic time, she returns outta nowhere and then gets win after win after win, dont get me wrong im a big layla fan but she needs a proper build up as top face and give her a promo. fans will get bored of her like they did with natalya.
    also layla doesnt have a legitimate challenger other than beth as far as it goes for heels. i really would like to see heel AJ get a title shot and also girls like tamina snuka.
    wwe needs to call up more divas, wwe divas are lacking heels!!! and naomi needs to wrestle!!!!!!

    also eve torres what can i say, she is killing it! she doing so well and im so proud of her. no body thought she would be able to pull of a heel role and get great crowd reaction. the promo with the big show was great she is really working her character!!!!!!

  • SigmaX

    We are doin the whole she isn’t over thing again? she got a decent reaction at ER, got a better one on the raw after.

    This weeks crowd all around was piss poor..it was the carolinas notorious for being the worst of the wwe crowds unless you’re ric flair or cena…kelly got a bigger reaction then the “surprise” person I wont say names incase of whatever…but don’t even tell me kelly is more over than that person…because I will personally chuck you off the side of a cliff , so going with the she isn’t over again especially this week is ignorant IMO.

    Anyways the match its self was nothing to write home about Lay did great with what she is given…I expect the OTL match to be longer and both ladies work very well with one another and this should be no exception.

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    Laylas outfit looked good & she got a decent crowd reaction coming out but they need to give her the mic,they need to give the crowd a reason to cheer layla…
    shes been gone a year almost.

  • Bethinho

    short match
    the crowd still doesn´t care for Layla
    why was Natalya there?

    • Choko

      Atleast Layla gets crowd reaction when she wins.

      • Bethinho

        it´s more a non-reaction,but it´s not her fault.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          she gets a a reaction when she comes out just not a big cheer…shes been gone a year…what do you expect???

  • B1G_FaN

    I can’t believe Layla is now friends with Smelly Kelly! LOL!!!

    Great to see Maxine make her RAW debut!

  • charleshp

    Layla got the belt b/c they were trying to swerve the Internet as evidenced by Eve’s line to the Bellas.

    It backfired.

    Really they’ve got to go ahead do the Kharma feud.

    As far as Triple H is concerned, if he can bury the locker-room on a weekly basis, bury Punk, Orton, Goldberg, and now Lesnar, the Divas don’t stand a chance. Really they need to stay more on Smackdown and Superstars.

  • http://youtube.com/vinnypopper vinnypopper

    It doesn’t matter who’s back in WWE, the Only way the Divas can be brought to value is by the Creative Team doing something about it. Till then there’s really nothin’ you can do.

  • Choko

    Maxine wasn’t really good at selling the Layout. She sold it like the widows peak.

  • mariah.

    I’m going to try to remain optimistic when it comes to Maxine. She’s only 26 and has a long road ahead of her and she’s JUST getting started on the main shows. I mean, wasn’t AJ losing week in and week out some months ago? Now look at her. The future is still really bright for this girl. Her time at the top will come soon.

    • redsandman99

      Exactly. People have no patience sometimes. AJ for awhile wasn’t on TV or was losing yet now she’s had the most character development on the main shows with the exception of Eve. It’s too early to write her off as a jobber just yet.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

        With the exception of a few, most divas come into the roster to job, interview, ring announce, or a small role. Eve, Kelly, Layla, Michelle, and alot more have done it.

      • mariah.

        Exactly!

  • MickieJamesFan07

    Eve is just killing it out there! When she called Big Show a 441 pound, 40 year old freak I’m like damn! She grew a pair lol.

    Match was short and nothing really to say about it. Though I did like the way Maxine sold the Layout. It really bugs me on how they just threw Kelly and Layla together. They’ve been sworn enemies since their ECW days and now what, their all the sudden BFFs?? lol.

    • http://diva-dirt xaviloks

      yes layla and kelly kelly bbf now is ridiculus

      • Choko

        WWE should seriously explain their friendship otherwise it is too damn random to make them friends all of a sudden.

        • Melina&Mickie4ever!

          You do realize Layla apologized to all of the divas at Extreme Rules last year right ?

        • norisclouds

          @MELINA&MICKIE4EVER! Honestly, the only people who are going to remember that are Diva Dirt fans or REALLY interested Layla fans. The average fan is not going to remember that. You have to write these storylines/segments for the average fan. Who’s going to remember a throw away scene from a year ago?

          The WWE is doing all of the divas a disservice with this. They couldn’t even be bothered to do a 1 minute or 30 second segment where an interviewer is talking to Kelly Kelly about the match, Layla walks up says hi, apologizes again to remind the fans at home–and Kelly says water under the bridge whatever let’s team up and they go out there.

          That’s all they had to do and it would’ve done a lot more for characterization/potential storylines to tease some type of tension or interest in a budding friendship. Remember when Lita and Trish would have scenes like that all the time right before a match and then team up together? It reminds the audience that these are individual characters, not just caricatures of diva 1 diva 2 or diva 3, and all the faces automatically love each other and hate the heels–for no reason.

          I’m disappointed in the writers for dropping the ball on that again. They could’ve just given them 30 seconds.

    • http://www.twitter.com/xTeamK2 #ThankYouBellas

      Layla and Kelly were always BFFs outside the ring, and now Layla’s face there’s nothing wrong with pairing them together. They did the same when Eve turned heel; she was having a rivalry with Beth in one week and in the another was her tag team partner.

      • Choko

        BFFS outside the ring has nothing to do with what they are inside WWE storylines. Kelly was the reason Brooke and Layla turned heels first of all. Also they feuded in 2007-2008-2010-2011

  • BillyGP

    Least i got to see Kelly even for seconds LOL nothing else to be said bout the match.

    Eve i like in her new role.

  • norisclouds

    None of those women are really over. Kelly got a somewhat reaction, Layla got crickets at her entrance and a bit of a pop when the match ended, but that’s to be expected. You’re not over if the crowd doesn’t care. They had no interest in the match at all, or in Layla.

    It’s annoying, but what can you do really.

  • WWFoverWWE

    Layla did good. I also love her outfit. Her and Maxine are actually good friends in real life ( there’s lots of twitter pictures of them together).

    Cameron and Naomi: Please burn that makeup and red oufits. I’m so sick of them wearing that every week lol.

  • https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch&_rdr#!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

    Personally, I want to restyle Eve’s character. Ditch the geeky specs and her take note from Alexis Carrington: shoulder pads and bouffants. :)

  • SigmaX

    I loved that Layla mocked Beths pose after the match lol . bit of a Laycool moment with that.

  • lelloo7

    Kelly’s reaction is always bigger than any other diva !! LOL
    -Her outfit is just awesome *_* she looks amazing, and i hate green, but i just love it on her !!
    -What she did to Natalya was AWESOME .. it was the highlight of the math/night wtv
    -Layla looked good, she was looking over her shoulder which is good,
    -Maxine should stick to NXT , there she’s at least a little respected and looks good, raw doesnt have time for segments (which in my opinion is the only thing maxine in good at)
    -Natalya gets her ass kicked for like the 838473272th week with no reason at all :’)
    -All the divas : Turn AJ heel*make it official anwz*
    Turn tamina heel again
    Aksana is a heel, let her get her ass kicked O.o
    If you have no1 left, turn foxy into a heel, she was way better…
    I think we would have a nice evened roster …

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      Kelly pulling nattie of the apron was a highlight LMAO…

      • lelloo7

        actually it was.. maxine selled all the moves badly, even the lay out !

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          yes but kelly pulling nattie off the apron was meh….

        • BillyGP

          to you maybe Art but to some Kelly taking out Nattie was good. Specially for a 30 second match.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          Well you have low highlights then LOL..id say layla & maxine were the highlights…

      • http://twitter.com/Passionisma Thaila

        If they replayed it twice like they did on the show, then, yes, it was a highlight.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          But its such a weak moment it wasnt anything special everything layla did in ring out shined it without trying…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

    That match lol. Was it a match ? They keep getting shorter & shorter every week. Better than last week, sure. Still not good enough. When will wwe understand that giving their women 5 little minutes, wont “outshine” their men. There are ways that they could keep the divas fresh & interesting, and they will still not outshine the guys. Thats just a dumbass excuse for them being sexist. Sorry to say, but its probably true anyways lol.

    About that “match” though, there are a couple (literally) things that im glad of. One being, the wwe universe getting a peek of maxine before she’s fully established. WWE did that right. Last one is, layla seems so fresh, smooth, & just not rusty at all. Saddens me that she’s not getting the time she needs, to get over & show those new moves she has in her arsenal. Again, this problem goes back to the lack of time the wwe gives these girls.

    Now about eve. Another fuck up, imo. This little executive administrator role, is just not working for her. I feel like she’s just not confortable. Which is wierd because compared to how she is in real life, you would think she’d fit right into this role. I feel like they should’ve kept her hoeski gimmick, because she was running with it. She hit that ball & got to home. Now, if they want to keep this executive role, they could keep it then in a month or so she could go back to seducting men, heating up the crowd, ect. THATS what she was good at.

    Sorry about my rant, wwe just gets shittier by the minute. I feel bad for these girls.

    • lelloo7

      i actually totally disagree with you… with all due respect to ur opinion, mine is that Eve wasn’t heel in the ring, thats why she was given a role where she can show her mic skills, which are awesome AS A HEEL.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

        Well, she only had a handfull of matches as a heel. She wont get used to wrestling as a heel, when she’s been wrestling as a face, just like that. It wil take time. And imo, she was actually getting used to it. She was starting to change her moveset to a heel one, she was starting to play with the crowd, using the rope, illegal moves, ect. She would’ve been there by now.

        But we can agree to disagree here. I do agree with you about her mic skills though :)

  • ShimmerSupport211

    i feel bad for beth and nattie. im sick of the best wrestlers being dumped on. those two should go back to shimmer where they can be themselves and have female match of the year canidates with people like sara del rey and mschif. not losing to layla and kelly kelly in one minute maybe less then that. and as for paige… britani knight…. i feel like i saw her last good match on shimmer volume 44 with her mom saraya. paige will suffer the same fate as those two. i notice anyone from shimmer get booked bad.